Aggregated news from Birmingham's leading news sources.
SBA lending to Alabama businesses rose in fiscal 2014
Lending through the U.S. Small Business Administration's 7(a) and 504 programs in Alabama climbed 20.8 percent in the agency's most recent fiscal year.
Lenders doled out $234.1 million in SBA-guaranteed loans to companies in the state as of Sept. 30, compared to $193.8 million during the same period in the prior year, according to data from SBA's Alabama district office.
SBA-backed 7(a) loans, which are often used to establish a new business or to assist in business acquisitions, totaled...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 4:02:00 PM
Opinion: What a senate shift would mean for Alabama businesses
Soon after taking office in 2009, President Obama was quoted as saying: "Elections have consequences."
In short order, Alabama businesses learned some of what that meant: the "stimulus" bill, the Affordable Care Act and a wave of new regulations.
Those consequences are long-lasting and unforgettable. If Republicans win a majority of seats in the Senate, they may not be able to replicate that level of action or unwind it altogether, but there will still be important consequences for the A...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 3:53:00 PM
Will Alabama warm up to solar energy as it gets cheaper?
Solar energy is becoming a mainstream topic as the global reliance on fossil fuels comes under question, and that could soon be reflected in energy costs.
Bloomberg recently cited a report from Deutsche Bank saying solar energy is on pace to be as cheap, or cheaper, than your average electric bill in 47 states by 2016. However, this would only be possible if the U.S. continues its 30 percent tax credit on system costs, which will expire this year, according to the report.
Financing solar...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 3:50:00 PM
Alabama’s "unbanked" population at 9.2%
About 9.2 percent of Alabama's 2.1 million households didn't have a checking or savings account in 2013, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s newly released survey.
This represented 189,244 households of what's referred to as the unbanked population.
The proportion of the state's percentage of unbanked households was down from 10.1 percent in 2011.
Another 26.4 percent, or 543,048 households, were underbanked - those who had a bank account but also used alternative servi...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 3:18:00 PM
How safe are Birmingham hospitals?
Although the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital has been ranked as the top in the state, compared to other Birmingham hospitals it has room for improvement when it comes to safety.
According to a report from The LeapFrog Group that gauges the safety and cleanliness of 2,500 hospitals around the U.S., UAB Hospital received a C grade and was well below the average nationwide score for hospital safety.
Other hospitals a part of the UAB Health System including UAB Highlands and UAB...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 3:14:00 PM
Business lessons from a life coach
The life of a business is similar to that of a person — constantly evolving and growing. As a life coach, I see many people setting a plan for their personal future while simultaneously neglecting to give their business the same attention.
As humans, we make decisions based on the type of person we want to become. Our daily choices, our long-term plans and our beliefs are focused on becoming happy, productive individuals. The same extensive thoughts and intentions need to be given to any bu...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 2:45:00 PM
Alabama credit unions report Home Depot data breach cost them nearly $1M
Alabama's credit unions say they have incurred costs estimated at nearly $1 million as a result of the recent data breach at Home Depot, , according to the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates.
LSCU, which cited a survey conducted by the Credit Union National Association, said credit unions in the state have seen 107,105 debit and 14,845 credit cards affected by the Home Depot breach, which was announced in September. And with the costs per affected card at $8.02, local credit ...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 1:44:00 PM
The top hospitals for Birmingham's wealthiest ZIP codes
When it comes to being the go-to provider of health care for Birmingham's wealthiest ZIP codes, St. Vincent's Health System is out front.
Hospitals under its umbrella hold the top market share in nearly half of the Magic City's residents living in those wealthy areas, based on Medicare data, and St. Vincent's Birmingham is the major provider of the top four wealthiest ZIPs.
But when Trinity Medical Center makes the move to the U.S. 280 corridor and occupies the former HealthSouth digital...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 1:43:00 PM
Birmingham's five most-wanted retailers: Crate & Barrel has interest in Magic City
Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of stories looking at Birmingham's five most-wanted retailers and the likelihood of them landing in the Magic City. We previously looked at Birmingham's chances to land Ikea and Nordstrom.
Northbrook, Illinois-based Crate & Barrel has expanded its footprint into Canada, Dubai and Singapore since 2008.
It has yet to announce a Birmingham location, though.
The upscale houseware, furniture and accessory retailer has no official announcement f...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 1:32:00 PM
What Birmingham's Negro League baseball museum could mean for game
The Kansas City Royals made the Major League Baseball playoffs this season for the first time in nearly three decades.
Their run to the World Series, which ended Wednesday with a Game 7 loss to the San Francisco Giants, captured fans across the nation.
Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City said the Royals captured so many hearts because their play was so similar to the style of play seen for years in the Negro Leagues decades ago.
With Birmingham ...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 1:21:00 PM
Mapping Parkside's price hike
Over the past week, we've written a package of stories about the property value increases that have resulted from the addition of Railroad Park and Regions Field in downtown Birmingham.
Property values in the areas surrounding the two amenities have skyrocketed over the past year, thanks in part to new developments in the works.
Many see the rising values as a positive factor that could drive more development and deals in the area, where many real estate insiders have claimed landowners ...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 11:59:00 AM
Tuxedo Park apartments to break ground in Ensley
A new senior living apartment development by Aletheia House will break ground on Monday.
Tuxedo Park, a 42-unit apartment complex at 2009 Ave. Q in Ensley, will officially begin the construction process next week.
"Tuxedo Park will provide high quality, affordable housing for seniors, including those who can no longer afford to maintain their own homes," said Chis Retan, executive director of Aletheia House. "We are so grateful that Mayor (William) Bell, the Birmingham City Council and o...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 11:05:00 AM
Dawn Burke of Daxko offers a tip to HR professionals (Video)
Dawn Burke of Daxko offers a tip to HR professionals (Video)
...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 9:17:00 AM
Rep. Barry Moore found not guilty on all counts by Lee County jury
State Rep. Barry Moore, who was indicted on four felony counts of providing false information to a grand jury, was found not guilty of all counts at the conclusion of his perjury trial on Thursday in Lee County.
Moore was relieved following the decision, according to a report from the Montgomery Advertiser, but said he was more relieved and happy for his family, who had to endure the scrutiny surrounding the case.
When Moore was initially indicted, recordings of Moore's conversations wit...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 9:13:00 AM
Bentley: UAB only facility capable of treating Ebola, but others are in the works
As the country teeters on the brink of panic over the Ebola virus, state officials recently addressed the fears surrounding it, how it could impact Alabama and what is being done to prevent a possible outbreak.
Yesterday, Gov. Robert Bentley and State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson spoke in Montgomery to show Alabama residents that something was indeed being done at the state level, according to a report from Fox 6.
"We just want the people of Alabama to understand our readiness and w...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 8:39:00 AM
New urgent care facility to open in Helena early next year
Helena will soon get a new urgent medical care facility after It's About Time Urgent Care announced it would open a location some time next year.
The new facility will open at 225 Helena Market Place, which will neighbor the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Helena, according to a report from AL.com. Currently, the company is remodeling the site, the report said, and the new facility is expected to open in early 2015.
It's About Time Urgent Care will occupy the space once occupied by Movie ...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, October 31, 2014 8:12:00 AM
Baptist Health partners with pharmaceutical giant CVS Health
Baptist Health System has partnered with CVS Health through a clinical affiliation that will improve access for BHS patients to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs with pharmacists in the 7,700 CVS pharmacy retail stores, of which 158 are in Alabama.
CVS Health will also provide prescription and visit information to BHS physicians by integrating an electronic medical record system that will include the electronic sharing of messages and ...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:01:00 PM
Mergers and acquisitions: Begin with the end in mind
The business world has been witness to mergers and acquisitions for years, but it has never been as dramatic as what can be anticipated in the near future. The retiring baby boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, are estimated to own more than 12 million businesses and more than 70 percent will change hands and not transfer to the next generation.
This will add approximately 378,000 businesses that will be put on the market through the year 2029. Add this to the current market...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 4:45:00 PM
Faith Skate Shop moves to new location
A longtime Birmingham skate shop has moved to a new location.
Faith Skate Supply Inc., a retail store that specializes in skateboards and professional skateboarding accessories, has moved from a 1,200-square-foot location at 2328 Second Ave. N. to a 2,700-square-foot space in the Acme building at 1305 Second Ave. N.
Red Rock Realty Group represented the landlord, Myers Building LLC, in the transaction. Lochrane Smith and Tom Carruthers of Red Rock Realty Group represented the tenant in t...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:56:00 PM
BBVA Compass teams up with Dwolla to offer real-time payments
BBVA Compass has partnered with Iowa-based online payments company Dwolla to begin offering real-time money transfers to its customers starting in the first quarter.
In the first stage of the agreement, the Birmingham-based bank will use Dwolla's FiSync protocol, which is designed especially for financial institutions, to move funds for businesses, organizations or individuals at a flat fee of 25 cents for transactions of more than $10; anything less is free. BBVA Compass said the service w...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:51:00 PM
Study shows Alabama still one of five states not providing funds for public transportation
A recently released study showed the state of Alabama facing a major problem in providing adequate public transportation to residents.
Alabama is currently one of five states that do not provide funds to municipalities for public transportation, according to a release from Arise Citzens' Policy Project. The report claims a lack of investment in public transit results in the isolation of people who do not have the means to access private vehicles.
The study was conducted this month by Ala...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:47:00 PM
Regions No. 1 in small biz satisfaction for the South
Regions Bank ranked the highest in the South for small business banking consumer satisfaction, according to a new study from J.D. Power and Associates.
The Birmingham banking giant received a score of 803 on a 1,000-point scale and five power circle ratings (among the best customer satisfaction). That's up from its spot at No. 4 with 768 points and three power circle ratings a year earlier.
The study, which was fielded from July through September, measures small business customer satisfa...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:55:00 PM
Who made Leadership Alabama for 2014-2015?
Several prominent Birmingham executives were named to the 2014-2015 class of Leadership Alabama.
The program brings together leaders from around the state to learn more about Alabama's problems, priorities and opportunities. The class will visit Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville and Birmingham during the year. The 2014-2015 group is the 25th class for the program, which was started in 1989.
Here are the Birmingham executives and leaders who made the cut:
Johnathan Austin, President, Birm...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:45:00 AM
Campaign trail: District 6 candidate Gary Palmer talks business
Gary Palmer, Republican candidate for the District 6 Congressional seat, answered four economic questions posed by the BBJ in advance of the Nov. 4 election. See answers from his opponent, Mark Lester, here.
What is the top business issue you see facing Alabama and how do you plan to address it? Currently, the biggest issue facing business in Alabama is the potential increase in energy costs imposed upon Alabama households and businesses by the new EPA carbon emissions rules. These regulati...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:30:00 AM
Campaign trail: District 6 candidate Mark Lester talks economics
Mark Lester is the democratic candidate for the District 6 Congressional seat in the Nov. 4 election. Here are his answers to four economic questions asked by the BBJ leading up to the election. See answers by his opponent, Gary Palmer, here.
What is the top business issue you see facing Alabama and how do you plan to address it? The top business issue facing Alabama is the state's ability to adapt to a 21st-century economy. As knowledge-based sectors of the economy continue to grow in impo...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:30:00 AM
Top of the List: Alabama's largest franchisors
If you're planning to get into the franchising business, Alabama has quite a few options for you – whether you're interested in fried chicken, oil changes or gyms.
Alabama is home to several franchises that are on growth tracks. Popular chains such as Milo's and Maki Fresh are stepping up their presence throughout the state, while other local favorites like Taziki's Mediterranean Café and Chicken Salad Chick are expanding their reach beyond Alabama.
Franchisors across the country are set...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:06:00 AM
NJ Governor Christie Handles Hurricane Sandy Heckler (Video)
NJ Governor Christie Handles Hurricane Sandy Heckler (Video)
...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:08:00 AM
South Alabama chicken producer receives OSHA labor violations
One south Alabama chicken producer has been hit with labor violations after it was reported that workers were subjected to a wide range of deadly occupational hazards.
Workers at Wayne Farms, in addition to different safety and musculoskeletal hazards, suffered serious injuries, which lead to the violations being handed down by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a report from AL.com
The citation said employees at the plant were at a high risk of developing ca...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:04:00 AM
HealthSouth's Q3 net income decreases by $4M
After posting a strong second quarter profit this year, HealthSouth has experienced a slight decline in third quarter net income from a year ago.
HealthSouth saw a 7.6 percent decrease in its net income from $52.5 million in the third quarter of 2013 to $48.5 million for the third quarter of this year.
Although HealthSouth has been eying expansions recently, including a new hospital in Franklin, Tenn., HealthSouth Chief Financial Officer Doug Coltharp says that the year-over-year decline...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:04:00 AM
Airbus opts to produce larger A321 jet at Mobile facility
Airbus recently confirmed that its final assembly line, which is under construction in Mobile, would produce the A321 jetliner, instead of the smaller and previously announced A320.
Airbus Americas President Barry Eccleston was cited in a Reuters report saying the company elected to change directions to give the Mobile-based facility the opportunity to grow.
The first jet assembled in Mobile is expected for delivery in 2016, according to a report from AL.com, and will be the current engi...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:59:00 AM
Gander Mountain opens much-anticipated Montgomery location
Gander Mountain, a popular outdoor equipment and clothing retailer, hosted a much-anticipated opening on Tuesday morning in Montgomery.
The retailer currently occupies the former space of Sports Authority at 2424 East Boulevard, according to a report from the Montgomery Advertiser. The 44,000-square-foot store located in the Promenade Montgomery North shopping center, was repurposed and became the eighth location for the retailer in Alabama.
Gander Mountain specializes in outdoor equipme...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:57:00 AM
Bham's top HR execs share their go-to job interview questions
In this week's edition, the human resource directors behind some of Birmingham's perennial Best Places to Work contenders will share some of their secrets to building and maintaining a strong workplace culture in our Top HR Innovators section.
For many companies, those efforts start during the hiring process. So we asked the Top HR Innovators to share their go-to job interview questions.
Below our some of our favorite responses. If you'd like to network with some of these talented HR exe...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:59:00 PM
Land Bank could play key role in future Birmingham developments
There is no debating the Southside redevelopment known as the Parkside district has been a success.
Railroad Park and Regions Field have been catalysts for numerous apartment, office and retail developments that have changed the landscape of the area.
There are other areas of Birmingham poised for growth and redevelopment, and a recent move the the city to create the Land Bank Authority could be the key to future developments in the city's many neighborhoods.
Designed to help alleviat...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:52:00 PM
Dan Pahos named BBA's Small Business Exec. of the Year
The Birmingham Business Alliance named Dan Pahos, president of Home Instead Senior Care, as their 2014 Small Business Executive of the Year at last night's Small Business Awards.
The event was hosted at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, which was presented by Bright House Networks Business Solutions and sponsored by Alabama Media Group, Wells Fargo, Energen Corp., Sheraton Birmingham Hotel and the Jimmie Hale Mission.
Following his award, Pahos will serve as Executive in Residence at Samfor...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:50:00 PM
State agency to investors: Prepare for Ebola-related scams
The Alabama Securities Commission is cautioning investors to beware of Ebola-related Internet investment schemes.
ASC Director Joseph Borg said an analysis of Internet domain names by the North American Securities Administrators Association, of which the ASC is a member, found nearly 1,200 domains with Ebola in their name have been registered with top-level domains, such as .com, .net, .org, since April 2014, and about 1,000 of those registrations have occurred in the last three months.
...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:38:00 PM
Bham FEAST grant could lead to more bike friendly city
Design Week Birmingham closed with a big win for cyclists in the Magic City.
Bici Bicycle Cooperative was voted winner of Bham FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) and awarded $5,000 toward a public initiative that involves a mobile bike and education workshop.
Bici Coop, a non-profit organization that is working to make Birmingham more bike friendly proposed a pull-behind trailer that would serve as a mobile bike shop and bike maintenance learning station.
"We were s...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:35:00 PM
BBVA Compass’ 3Q profit increases 29 percent
BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc. reported a 29 percent increase in its earnings for the third quarter, as it set aside less money to cover bad loans.
The Houston-based bank holding company for Birmingham's BBVA Compass reported $142.8 million in net income attributable to shareholder for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to the $110.6 million during the same period in the prior year.
Return on average assets and return on average tangible equity for the third quarter of 2014 were 0.73 per...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:06:00 PM
Odenville banking on massive I-59 mixed-use development
The City of Odenville is looking to step up its game in the next few years.
Mayor Rodney "Buck" Christian said the city wants to offer more in the way of parks and recreation as well as better police and fire and rescue services to its residents.
The massive commercial and residential development that Four Star Holdings and Harbert Realty Services is building off the Springville exit off I-59 is the key to that growth.
Four Star Holdings CEO Bobby Smith Jr. said when all is said and d...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:02:00 PM
Developer plans 450 to 500 apartments in Hoover
A local developer is planning to build a two-phase apartment community off John Hawkins Parkway in Hoover.
According to a report from AL.com, Charles Kessler wants to put between 450 to 500 total units across from the Lake Crest subdivision, which will also be near The Crossings at Hoover project being developed by Franklin, Tenn.'s GBT Realty.
Kessler told AL.com the community will be called Grove Parc, and will begin with a 250-unit phase that will be followed with 200 to 250 more in t...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 2:43:00 PM
UAB's Shirley Salloway Kahn promoted to SVP of Alumni and External Relations
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has promoted long-standing staff member Shirley Salloway Kahn to senior vice president of Alumni and External Relations.
Kahn has been with UAB since 1978 in a variety of positions, including associate vice president for Academic Affairs, associate provost for Facilities and Administration, and interim vice president for Finance and Administration. She also serves as an assistant professor of education leadership.
"Across three decades and in many ...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 1:34:00 PM
Birmingham startup Pack Health looks to fill a new prescription
The Affordable Care Act has been putting the squeeze on a number of Birmingham hospitals with regulations that penalize health care providers for higher readmission rates, as I've previously reported.
One of the problems is that physicians and hospitals are being held more accountable for the care of their patients outside the hospitals, however it's difficult to keep tabs on a large number of patients once they're discharged.
When treating chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer or art...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:17:00 PM
Montevallo Road Winn-Dixie building sold for $9 million
The Montevallo Road Winn-Dixie building has been sold.
New York-based Bluejay Management purchased the building at 4476 Montevallo Road from 51 st& 8 th Ave. Corp. for $9 million, according to Jefferson County public records.
Yerachmeal Jacobson of Bluejay Management confirmed the purchase.
"We are very pleased with it," Jacobson said during a phone interview. Jacobson said Bluejay's main focus when purchasing investment properties is to obtain high-performing retail centers in good l...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 11:50:00 AM
Anti-Social: Why Investors Are Disappointed With Facebook (Video)
Anti-Social: Why Investors Are Disappointed With Facebook (Video)
...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM
Football movie to be filmed in Hueytown
Hueytown will be the setting of a new film based on the integration of one Birmingham-area high school.
The movie actually focuses the integration of Woodlawn High School, according to a report from Fox 6. Hueytown was chosen as the site for filming because the old Woodlawn High stadium is no longer in existence.
"The movie is based on the true story that happened in 1973, right when Woodlawn High School integrated for the first time," said Joshua Walsh, the associate producer of the fil...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 8:58:00 AM
ALDI's Alabaster location announces December opening
ALDI, a discount grocery chain with locations around the state and country, plans to open its Alabaster store on Dec. 17, following an announcement by the company.
Construction crews continue to develop the site, according to a report from AL.com. The report said the new grocery store is at the corner of Shelby County Road 11 and Highway 31.
ALDI also has stores in Birmingham, Bessemer, Fultondale, Homewood and Hueytown.
As we previously reported, ALDI will host a job fair on Monday, ...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 8:56:00 AM
Hoover Met to begin tag renewal services on Monday
After announcing earlier this month that Hoover Metropolitan Stadium would become a satellite courthouse, tag renewal services will begin Monday, Nov. 3.
The service is available to residents of Jefferson County, according to a report from ABC 33/40. The report said the temporary location would be at the Hoover Met, but a more permanent facility is still being planned.
"The county has been overseeing the project at the Met, to get the technology up and running to get ready for Monday," s...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 8:52:00 AM
Alabama Power warns of scammers calling customers
Alabama Power customers are being warned about scammers pretending to be the company's automated system that have been calling to trick customers into fraudulent transactions.
Customers who have reported the issue said they have received a call notifying them that their power will be cut off immediately, with the caller-ID showing an Alabama Power number, according to a release from Alabama Power.
The release also said customers are given a "bogus" telephone number to call. When they cal...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:59:00 PM
Little Hardware to open new Mountain Brook store tomorrow
Mountain Brook's Little Hardware will open its doors at its new English Village location tomorrow.
According to a report from AL.com, the former Mountain Brook Village retailer will open at 2117 Cahaba Road, the former site of Kathy G and a spot once p roposed to be Tavern on the Summit's new location.
The 8,100-square-foot building has undergone some interior renovation and an outdoor shed has been added, the report said.
As we reported in May, talks fell through with the former Tave...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:21:00 PM
How starting salaries stack up for Alabama graduate schools
In a competitive job market, many college graduates choose to continue their education by entering graduate school, thereby increasing their chances of landing a job.
But is that extra investment worth it? A lot of factors contribute to the answer like the field of study and institution, but based on average earning potential, a graduate degree can result in significantly higher starting and mid-career salaries than a bachelor's degree.
According to data from the 2014-2015 College Salary...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:58:00 PM
BL Harbert International awarded $33 million Army Corps of Engineers contract
Birmingham-based BL Harbert International has been tapped to build a new facility for the Army Corps of Engineers in South Korea.
BL Harbert was awarded the $33.3 million contract to construct a 14,500-square-foot secure facility for the Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District in Camp Humphreys, South Korea.
"Our company looks forward to the successful completion of this important project, and to forging a strong relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Far East District," ...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:50:00 PM
Breakthrough treatments find a new way forward
By Matt Windsor • Photography by Steve Wood • Illustrations by Echo Medical Media On September 3, 1928, Alexander Fleming came back from vacation and started washing dishes in his lab. Petri dishes, that is. Most people know what happened next: He found a strange, bacteria-killing mold on one plate. It turned out to be penicillin, the first antibiotic, which has gone on to save millions of lives. Nearly 100 years after Fleming’s acci...UAB Magazine at Wednesday, October 15, 2014 8:00:00 PM
5 Koozies Ever Alabamian Should own
Koozies are a part of Alabama tradition as much as barbeque or football. here is a collection of koozies that everyone from Alabama should have in their drawer! 1. The Football Koozie This koozie is shaped and feels like a real football! The roll tide koozieball is one of our favorites and is great for […]...Birmingham Weekly at Friday, October 10, 2014 7:50:24 PM
The Mind As Medicine
Harnessing the brain’s power and flexibility to help heal the body
By Sarah C.P. Williams • Photos by Steve Wood • Illustration by Ron Gamble Lying inside an fMRI machine that’s tracking her brain activity, a college student grasps a hot block in her hand. It’s just hot enough to cause her some pain—seven on a scale of one to ten, she tells a researcher. Above her, a picture flashes; it’s a snapshot of her boyfriend. Suddenly, the pain dulls. It’s a five now, she says. At the same ...UAB Magazine at Friday, October 10, 2014 10:47:09 AM
Best Places to Eat In Birmingham
Watchmojo explored and found the best places to eat in Birmingham what do you think of the places that made it and who do you think is missing off the list?...Birmingham Weekly at Thursday, October 09, 2014 1:03:02 AM
What snow does to Birmingham, Alabama?
Up North they can’t handle the heat! But in Birmingham, Alabama this is what happens when it snows like it did in 2013...Birmingham Weekly at Thursday, October 09, 2014 12:56:39 AM
The Scientist Behind the Sale
The Scientist Behind the Sale
Lindsay Sutton and the psychology of advertising
By Tara Hulen • Photo by Steve Wood
Lindsay Sutton could have taken her UAB doctoral degree in developmental psychology, accepted a job offer in Washington, D.C., and spent her career following the typical path of most developmental psychologists into government or academia. Instead, she took a more colorful, unconventional route, signing up with an advertising agency. Sutton started working as a ...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:34:50 PM
Wisdom of the Ages
Geriatric patients teach dental students about the future
By Rosalind Fournier • Photos by Steve Wood The elderly patient looked in the mirror, gave herself a tentative smile, and started to cry. For years, she had a front tooth that stuck out because it was longer than the others. Now Lillian Mitchell, D.D.S., and her UAB School of Dentistry students had shortened it and polished it to blend in with the rest of her teeth. “I can smile again,” the patient said.
Lillian Mitche...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:34:01 PM
HIV expert shares the story of an epidemic
By Nicole Wyatt Descriptions of the first AIDS cases in Los Angeles and New York in 1981 changed the career path for Michael Saag, M.D., from cardiology to infectious diseases. In turn, he helped to transform the deadly virus into a treatable disease. Now Saag, the world-renowned director of UAB’s Center for AIDS Research, has shared his story in Positive (2014: Greenleaf Book Group), a blend of memoir, mystery, and manifesto. UAB MAGAZ...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:31:54 PM
The Nurse Will See You Now
Expanding access to care for Alabama communities
By Nancy Mann Jackson • Photos by Rob Culpepper and Steve Wood In rural Wilcox County, the Affordable Care Act has expanded the number of residents who can benefit from care. But the number of physicians has stayed the same: just three, who must serve more than 12,000 people The imbalance keeps Sheena Champion, M.S.N. (pictured above), quite busy. Adult nurse practitioners like Champion, who graduated from the UAB School of Nursin...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:30:55 PM
Visiting artists celebrate the city
By Charles Buchanan • Photos by Steve Wood “Magic Chromacity,” Amanda Browder’s gigantic ribbon of bold color, wrapped and wove together UAB’s Cultural Corridor during her residency in the Department of Art and Art History. The New York installation artist has draped historic urban buildings and even entire moving vans; she constructed her newest piece with more than 10,000 square feet of donated fabric and local help during community sewing days...UAB Magazine at Monday, September 15, 2014 4:04:05 PM